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Hodgson Russ names Kennedy president and CEO

Hodgson Russ, Buffalo’s largest law firm, named Rick W. Kennedy its new president and CEO.

Kennedy joined Hodgson Russ as an associate attorney in 1983 and became a partner in 1990, concentrating in environmental matters and the law governing lawyers. He has served as the firm’s co-general counsel and loss prevention partner, and a member of its board of directors for more than a decade.

Kennedy helped found EduNations Inc., a nonprofit organization building and operating schools and providing other humanitarian aid to Sierra Leone. He is director and vice president of the organization, and a member of the board at the Chapel at Crosspoint.

Kennedy succeeds John P. Amershadian as the law firm’s president and CEO.